The Most Damaging Word-Habits

Posted: April 26, 2010 in Life

Words like Swords , both of them can kill or causes damaged. Clearly people with excellent phrasing and superior vocabularies are impressive. Why wouldn’t you want to join their leagues and meet a new level of success in your career?

Here are some quick-tips that will elevate your elocution immensely.

by Stephanie Bickel

1. Eliminate the Digestive Noises: Um and Ah and Uh! :

People who use “um” to illustrate their thought process appear less sure and less knowledgeable. If they knew what they were saying, they would not stall with “um.”


Eliminate the approximators, “sort of” and “kind of.” These words make you appear less than sure of your ideas. A true leader would never use such weak language.

3. Stop the stalling and clarifying! :
“Basically…,” “My Point is…,” “What I’m Trying to Say is…” Reduce the use of stallers and clarifiers. The easiest way to annoy an audience is to tell them through your language usage that you were wasting their time prior to this point .


Write down the phrases you use that involve GET. Write out alternatives for them. Post a note on your desk of your GET habits reminding you to substitute words like obtain, acquire, gather, find, and retrieve for GET.

5. Reduce the JUST – Addiction :
“I JUST thought it would be good to have a meeting.” “I JUST don’t think that’s right.” “I JUST thought I would add another point.” “It JUST doesn’t make sense.” What does the excess use of JUST signal? An excuse! I call it the whiney-excuse word. People who feel threatened or weak, use JUST. It is not the language of someone in a position of power.

6. Reduce Failure :

Everyone makes mistakes, but the language experts know how to present them. Be cautious describing your failures or mistakes to others. Avoid the following words: wrong, mistake, and failure. Those are strong words that people can attach to their perception of you. Substitute those with: experienced growing pains, achieved limited success, misstep, mischaracterization, or fell short of expectations.

7. Leave High School Slang Behind :

“That sucks.” “That’s awesome.” “Cool!” “Wicked!” “Cheesy.” “What a tool!”. A younger professional using high school slang will appear less than experienced, less than mature, and less than articulate. Find substitutes for your habit words!

8. Stop bullying for support :

“Y’know?” “You know what I mean?” These are bullying phrases. People who abuse these phrases are seeking to gain instant support for poorly explained ideas.


P.S : I will Add few damaging words ==>  “Ayshay!  – Aham shay –  Fedaitek/ech – Hala Bel 7ob – Bo shabab – 3ala Remshy Yemshy” la akher wa7da ma atwaqa3 a7ad Eygolha ghair ra3y el 7oqoq el rasmeya Mr.Dghaishem wel7en hab eb kelma yededa “Ghamandawy” , E7temal 3ala yoom Aghtalaa :r

  1. Soloistah says:

    That was a very interesting post. We surely need these kind of tips.

  2. shaba9a says:

    umbe 3ad i always say ummm and JUST and WICKED xD
    but these are great tips =)

  3. ba6alah says:

    Soloistah : Zain Ashwa :]

    shaba9a : khalas then don’t ummm or just again ;]

  4. ALI says:

    May I add “ben 3ami” “7ajji” “yal ‘3ali”

  5. ba6alah says:

    ALI : Sure ! lol

  6. ba6alah says:

    F2o Designs : Thanks :]

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